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To what extent was there a 'Political Consensus' in the 1950s?

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The Conservatives continued Labour's housing policy. How many new homes did they build with the continuation of the programme?
400000
The Conservative Party also felt that they had to address Beveridge's _?
Five Giants
As far as housing in the 1950s was concerned, it could be argued there was a lack of consensus, because Labour went for quality whilst the Conservatives went for _____.
Quality
In the 1950s, Labour wanted more public sector housing, whereas the Conservatives wanted more private sector housing (they felt it would be quicker). What was the ratio or 'quota' that Labour wanted houses to be built by the public sector?
4:1
Labour wanted more of a planned economy, whereas the Conservatives went for a '____' economy.
free
In the 1950s there were disagreements between the parties over tax policies. Labour wanted to tax the rich more, but the Conservatives actually wanted to slash taxes.

When did the Conservatives frequently slash taxes in the 1950s?
Before general elections
The desire to create full employment meant the Conservatives followed economic policy to make the economy grow. But then inflation happens and the Conservatives need to shrink the economy.

This cycle happened many times in the 1950s, what kind of economy did the Conservatives create?
Stop go economy
In the 1950s, Labour wanted public schools to be merged with the state school system, but what approach did the Conservatives take to this issue?
Non intervention
In the 1950s, The Conservatives resisted Labour's desire to implement comprehensives (although it did actually work in their favor when it was implemented), what kind of system was it that Labour implemented that the Conservatives resisted?
Tripartite
Where did most members of the middle class go in the 1950s?
Grammar schools
70% of the people in grammar schools were from the?
Middle class
The Conservatives ended up liking the tripartite system, because it got them votes from the ?
Middle class
A political consensus existed, because for the Conservatives, not following Labour's lead would mean they were ___?
unelectable
In the late 1940s/early 1950s, who built houses at a faster rate?
Conservatives
The NHS was so popular, not having a consensus on this issue would be disastrous. How many people used the NHS in the first year of its inception?
2000000
What was the biggest wake up call to the Conservatives that made them really embrace Labour's policies?
Losing two general elections
What year did the Conservatives dismantle Labour's nationalisation of the Iron and Steel?
1953
What act was it that undid Labour's nationalisation of the Iron and Steel industries in 1953?
Iron and Steel Act
In the 1950s/1960s there was a split over Europe. Which party, although not totally for Europe, was more 'pro-Europe' in this time period?
Conservatives
Which leader was really anti-Europe in the 1960s, delivering a speech in 1962 stating that joining Europe would mean the end of "one thousand years of history". (Whereas MacMillan was pro Europe by this point).
Hugh Gaitskell.
Pragmaticism can be argued to be the key factor for what in the 1950s/1960s?
Political consensus
Whilst the Conservatives were planning bombs and nuclear deterrents, who was anti-nuclear?
Gaitskellites
In the 1950s/1960s, which party believed in free market economics?
Conservatives